Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe
Preparing the next generation of culturally responsible ahupua’a stewards.
Kamana‘opono M. Crabbe
Dr. Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe serves as a seasoned spokesperson and representative for the Native Hawaiian community on matters involving Native Hawaiian history and resilience, and current social, cultural, educational, economic and political issues and trends affecting Native Hawaiians, Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Dr. Crabbe has focused his personal, academic and professional career toward improving Native Hawaiian well-being. He sits on several high-level policy and governing boards around the world and locally.
He has received numerous cultural distinctions and formal awards recognizing his executive leadership accomplishments, such as the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education Leadership Award, American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program Predoctoral Fellowship, and the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association Patrick H. DeLeon, Ph.D. Lifetime Achievement Award among many others.
Uplifting the mana and mauli ola of the Hawaiian community through transformation and indigenous excellence are pillars of his leadership values. Crabbe serves his community as a hoʻoponopono practitioner (trained by Abbie Napeahi and Howard Peʻa), chanter (trained by Kumu Hōkūlani Holt), and ‘aha ‘awa ceremony and protocol expert. In 2006, he established the non-governmental organization, ʻAha Kāne: Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian Males. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and remains a licensed clinical psychologist helping countless families, youth and communities. He is guided by this ancient Hawaiian proverb knowing that every good leader needs a strong foundation for their work and vision, Ke kahu mamua, mahope ke kūkulu. The foundation first, the building afterwards. (Pukui, 1983, #2459).
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